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March 7, 2007

Human Relations Commission Agenda
City Commission Room, Fargo City Hall

1.      Welcome and Introductions
2.      Approval of Agenda
3.      Approval of Minutes
4.      Announcements
5.      FHRC Activities
a.      FHRC Year-End Retreat – March 29, 2007
b.      Know Your Rights Initiative
6.      Funding Requests 
7.      Public Comment (12:15)
8.      Other Business not Listed on the Agenda
9.      Adjourn

Fargo Human Relations Commission
Regular Meeting
City Commission Room, Fargo City Hall

Present:      Alisha Ankers, Amy Phillips, Fowzia Adde, Janeen Kobrinsky, Joy Rice, Yoke Sim Gunaratne

Absent:      Chuck Stebbins, Hatem Nour, and Prairie Rose

Item 1:  Welcome and Introductions
11:35 a.m.
Introductions were made and Chair Kobrinsky called the meeting to order.

Item 2: Approval of Agenda
11:37 a.m.
Alisha Ankers had one item to add to the agenda regarding a publication she received titled “The Legal Services Sentinel”.

Amy Phillips moved to approve the agenda. Second by Joy Rice. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Approval of Minutes
11:39 a.m.
Ms. Phillips requested an amendment of the regular meeting minutes of February 7, 2007 for Item 4-Announcements to reflect “…that training on Institutional Racism will be held on Thursday, February 15…”.

Ms. Ankers moved to approve the minutes. Second by Ms. Phillips. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 4: Announcements
11:40 a.m.
It was announced that the Fargo Film Festival is starting today.

Item 5: FHRC Activities
11:41 a.m.
a. Year-End Retreat
There will be a Fargo Human Resource Committee Year-End Retreat March 29, 2007, 5:00 p.m. at the Green Market located at 623 NP N, Fargo, ND 58102.

b.      Know Your Rights Initiative
Ms. Ankers stated that work is able to begin on employment rights and labor cards. Interns are currently working on drafts for the next scheduled meeting. It was discussed that future cards might contain information on how to interact with law enforcement.

The housing cards are distributed and credit info cards are done. There is a shortage of resources for translation. It might be possible to apply for a grant through the Bremer Foundation.

Chair Kobrinsky suggested a healthcare card or information be developed for future reference.

The next Know Your Rights Initiative meeting is scheduled for March 20, 2007, 2:00 p.m. in the Valley Room.

Item 6: Funding Requests
11:42 a.m.
No funding requests were presented.

Item 7: Public Comment
11:43 a.m.
No public comments were brought forth. Tabled until 12:15 p.m. as per agenda.

Item 8: Other Business not listed on the Agenda
11:44 a.m.
Ms. Ankers presented information she received on legal services to the committee. The “Legal Services Sentinel” is a new publication published by Legal Services of North Dakota. There are outreach offices around the state to eliminate anyone falling through the cracks for legal services.

Those seeking information can contact Legal Services of North Dakota at (701) 258-4270, toll free at (800) 634-5623, or through the Senior Hotline at (866) 621-9886.

An outreach calendar of events is also available for those interested.

Item 9: Adjourn
No public comments were brought forth at 12:15, so meeting was adjourned. The time at adjournment was 12:15 o’clock p.m.